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Poster: bigdaddyrico85 Date: Dec 29, 2010 10:24am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Sinister Cinema FAKE copyright claims.

Ok. I agree with you when it comes to titles thats in the public domain. It's true that when a title is in the PD, there is no copyright. I do a tv show when I play movies, cartoons, tv shows, etc. I have some clips on Youtube. Recently, I've been having a company claim copyright on Wild Guitar clips I have. So I started asking other people if they were having the same problem. I contacted Something Wierd Video and this was the response they gave.

"Hi. I am not familiar with that particular company, and haven't heard from them directly. They may have a right to claim that you're using their copy of Wild Guitar. Public domain refers to the original media of a particular piece of work. In this case, you would need a film print of Wild Guitar to claim any copyright. So if you happen to have used a dvd made from their film print, you would indeed violate their copyright."

So, basically if you were to use a dvd from another company, they could get you for copyright infringement. It sucks, I know. But most of these companies rip off from each other anyways, so the best thing to do is to use a print from a dvd that doesn't have any watermark or company logo on it.

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Poster: Mystic550 Date: Dec 29, 2010 11:44am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Sinister Cinema FAKE copyright claims.

That's incorrect just transferring a film to DVD is a mechanical process and is not copywrightable. If they add new content. menus, restoration, etc. they can copyright that. Search the forums for info by Video Cellar for more details.

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Poster: darkomaver Date: Jan 6, 2011 1:08pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Sinister Cinema FAKE copyright claims.

yea I agree. it's like with music. If I clean an old, scratched recording and publish a remastered version enahncing the audio etc. I can claim a new copyright on that, and you should use another old copy, not my newly restored one (why does Disney clean/modify/edit old movies otherwise, if not to move copyright forward?).

about Something Weird... do they mostly deal with public domain? I saw some of their sex flicks/sexploitation stuff and was wondering if it is all taken from the PD?

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Poster: bigdaddyrico85 Date: Jan 10, 2011 6:33pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Sinister Cinema FAKE copyright claims.

Not all. Some are owned by Sinister. Others are leased from other companies.

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Poster: bigdaddyrico85 Date: Jan 10, 2011 6:35pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Sinister Cinema FAKE copyright claims.

I meant something Wierd. Not Sinister.